I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, for all my ways are before You.
This verse highlights a truth found throughout the Bible—that we cannot hide from God because He sees all our ways.
Let’s look at two of our “ways” that God sees:
- Our needs. Sometimes, while going through trials, we can think that no one knows what we are going through or what we need. But God does see everything and knows all our needs. We should never forget the words of Jesus Christ: “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). This is because we seek to please Him (1 John 3:22) and due to His ability to see all.
This was demonstrated in a powerful way by how God dealt with Hagar when, while pregnant, she fled from Sarai’s mistreatment. God found her weak and vulnerable in the wilderness. He comforted her, assured her that her child would be born healthy and sent her back to Abram and Sarai. After this, Hagar called God, “You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees” (Genesis 16:13).
- Our sins. Though we may think no one sees what we do in private, God sees.
Consider the account of David’s sin with Bathsheba and murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite. After Uriah’s death, David thought that his secret was safe because Uriah was dead, and he assumed that Bathsheba would not reveal the truth. But he forgot this principle (which he wrote much about throughout his psalms)—that God sees everything. The Bible reveals: “But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD” (2 Samuel 11:27). God saw and dealt with David’s sin later. In David’s case, the outcome was deep and heartfelt repentance (Psalm 51).
We can be encouraged and sobered by the fact that “the eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).
To learn more about the awesome power and nature of God, see the articles in the section “Who Is God?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “The Danger of Overdrinking.”